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NITDA partners with Coursera, opens applications for Cohort 3 Professional Courses

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*The National Information Technology Development Agency says partnering with Coursera will give qualified Nigerian learners access to the firm’s Professional Certificates portfolio, designed to empower them to gain necessary skills to pass an industry certification exam, or launch a career in a specific field of Information Technology

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

As the Agency moves to implement the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda to create one million digital jobs in the Information Technology (IT) sector of the Nigerian economy, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), in partnership with Coursera, has called for applications from interested Nigerians to apply for the Cohort 3 of Coursera courses.

Mrs. Hadiza Umar, Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations at NITDA, announced this development in a statement issued Tuesday, January 23, 2024, in Abuja, FCT.

It is recalled that NITDA and Coursera October 19, 2022, had launched a partnership to help combat high rates of youth unemployment, which stood at 19.6 percent in 2021.

The two organisations intend to train 8,000 Nigerian learners annually in a cohort of 4,000 learners each for the total of 24,000 in 3 years.

The statement noted Coursera provides NITDA’s selected learners with access to world-class educational contents from top universities and industry leaders – including Yale, Meta, Google and IBM.

“Coursera will support the Nigerian government in improving the technical capabilities of the country’s youths and develop Information Technology talent.

“The collaboration is Coursera’s first government partnership in Nigeria,” Mrs. Umar stated.

NITDA also said partnering with Coursera would give the selected Nigerian learners access to Coursera’s Professional Certificates portfolio, which are designed to empower them to gain the skills necessary to pass an industry certification exam or launch a career in a specific field, such as IT support within three months.

The IT sector regulatory agency further stated Coursera’s 32 Professional Certificates are explicitly designed to facilitate entry into high-growth careers, including Data Analytics (Google), Social Media Marketing (Meta), and Software Developer (IBM).

According to the agency, these roles are due to enhance an increasing share of the Nigerian Labour market, which expects three million digital jobs to be created in the next four years.

NITDA further explained thus: Traction – A total of 8,000 Learners have been graduated from Cohort 1 (4,000) and Cohort 2 (4,000) in the first year of the partnership.

The agency as well disclosed the beneficiaries of the programme ranged from students, Government workers, entrepreneurs and academics.

In the 2 Cohorts, there were 43,745 enrollments in different courses with learners completing 16,374 courses which indicates that each learner enrolled an average of five courses.

The distribution of skills developed based on 3 domains are Computer science (31.83%), Business (35.73%) and Data Science (32.44%), said the Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations.

It is equally observed the feedback from learners with an average rating of 4.8/5.0 signified Nigerians’ enthusiasm in digital up-skilling on the Coursera Platform.

NITDA also stated: “Additionally, a recent study by the Business Insider Africa has found that Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s highest year-on-year average growth rate for people enrolling for professional courses, with Nigeria ranking third globally.”

The agency said the Cohort 3 skills would focus on the 3 million Tech talent (3MTT) initiative of the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy as listed below:

  • Software Development
  • UI/UX Design
  • Data Analysis & Visualisations
  • Quality Assurance
  • Product Management
  • Data Science
  • Animation
  • AI / Machine Learning
  • Cyber Security
  • Game Development
  • Cloud Computing
  • Dev Ops

Interested Nigerians are invited to apply through the link below.

Application Link: https://links.nitda.gov.ng/coursera2401

Applications start date: Wednesday, 24 January 2024

Programme Start Date: 10th February 2024

About NITDA

The Federal Government created the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) April 2001.

The mandate of the agency is to implement the Nigerian Information Technology Policy and co- ordinate general IT development in the country.

NITDA develops, regulates and advises on Information technology in Nigeria through regulatory standards, guidelines and policies.

The regulatory agency is the clearing house for all IT projects and infrastructural development in the West African country.

It is the primary Agency for e-government implementation, Internet governance and general IT development in Nigeria.

About Coursera

Coursera was launched in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, with a mission to provide universal access to world-class learning.

The firm is now one of the largest online learning platforms in the world, with 107 million registered learners as of June 30, 2022.

Coursera partners with over 275 leading university and industry partners to offer a broad catalog of content and credentials, including courses, Specialisations, Professional Certificates, Guided Projects, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Institutions around the world use Coursera to upskill and reskill their employees, citizens, and students in fields such as data science, technology, and business.

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